New Music Releases: Terrace Martin & Devi Dev, Apifera, Le Deal

Terrace Martin & Devi Dev – Here My Dear

A set inspired by the Marvin Gaye album of the same name, but delivered here in a very contemporary spirit – handled with lots of fantastic production from Terrace Martin – who moves between a mix of hip hop and some of the cosmic jazz touches that have become his strength in more recent years! Guests include a lot of heavyweight talents – Kendrick Lamar, Kurupt, Wiz Khalifa, Charlie Wilson, Snoop Dogg, and others – and titles include “What You Won’t Do For Love”, “Expectations”, “Here My Dear”, “Call Me”, “Makings Of You”, “Koo Koo Cyco Loco”, “Hey Girl”, “Show Her The Way”, and “Cheat”. ~ Dusty Groove

Apifera – Overstand

A jazz set, but one that’s in a very Stones Throw mode – as the music here mixes jazz elements with more contemporary production elements, and blends together the live and programmed in a mighty nice way! The group’s a quartet, most of whom have played on other Stones Throw albums – and the lineup features twin keyboard work from Yuval Havkin (aka Rejoicer) and Nitai Hershkovits, plus bass from Yonatan Albalak and drums from Amir Bresler – the last of whom has a great rhythmic pulse that often defines the energy of the set! Titles include “Notre Damn”, “Pulse 420”, “Four Green Yellows”, “Iris One”, “Lake Vu”, “The Pit & The Beggar”, and “Yaki’s Delight”. ~ Dusty Groove

Le Deal – Jazz Traficantes

A beautiful debut from this hip French group – a quartet that features piano and arrangements by Florian Pellissier, who we’ve loved on his other records – plus Yoann Loustalot on flugelhorn, Theo Girard on bass, and Malick Koly on drums – really stretching out here at a session recorded at the legendary Rudy Van Gelder studio! The mix of flugelhorn and piano is great – used spaciously, with really well-punctuated notes from Loustalot – balanced with bolder work from Pelissier on piano and a bit of Fender Rhodes – on a set of all original material that has a wonderfully fresh feel. There’s a slightly spiritual current to the music, but the overall sound is maybe more in the territory of 70s soul jazz – sophisticated, but very down to earth too – on titles that include “Custom Agents”, “Riot In Chinatown”, “Jazz Traficantes”, and the three part “Mexican Junkanoo” suite. CD also features the bonus track “Noche En La Carcel”. ~ Dusty Groove

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